One of Nigeria’s goalkeepers to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, USA, Emmanuel Babayaro, has reacted to Stephen Keshi’s denial about his resignation from his role as the head coach of the Super Eagles.
The Nigerian coach was reported in the media to have resigned from his role during a meeting he had with his players after Nigeria’s 0-2 loss to France in the round of 16 of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup holding in Brazil.
But the following day, Keshi denied he has resigned, saying he only bid his players farewell because his contract will expire after the World cup and he hasn’t been offered a new one.
Speaking on the matter on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014, Babayaro described Keshi’s denial as that of a confused man.
He said: “When I read about his denial, I felt disappointed because he failed to convince me with his side of the story.
* Coach Keshi
“To start with, he didn’t deny he wished his players bye, if he truly have hopes of continuing he won’t address his players so fast, at least let the pain of crashing out subside a little, and maybe hear from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, bigwigs before telling his players he might not continue like he claimed.